The League Managers Association has leapt to the defence of Malky Mackay.
The Scotsman was ousted as Cardiff City manager on December 27 after a running feud with owner Vincent Tan and chief executive Simon Lim.
Cardiff released a statement last week, in relation to the transfer of Andreas Cornelius from FC Copenhagen, criticising the transfer policies of Mackay and his head of recruitment Iain Moody after the club lost £8.5million on the Danish striker who returned home after seven months in south Wales.
But LMA chief Richard Bevan has slammed that activity from the Bluebirds, labelling it as 'inappropriate and unprofessional'.
"It is most unfortunate that Mr Lim has chosen to speak out in this way," Bevan said.
"Mr Lim is aware that there is a legal process under way between Malky Mackay and Cardiff City and it is both inappropriate and unprofessional for either party to be making public statements of this nature at this time.
"Given that Mr Lim has spoken out against Malky Mackay in relation to the acquisition of a player, however, it is only right that the record is put straight on the following two key issues.
"This is the same Mr Lim to whom, under the specific and express terms of Malky Mackay's contract of employment with Cardiff City, Malky was obliged to report in respect of all matters pertaining to the transfer of players.
"This is the same Mr Lim who, when being asked more than once, upon dismissing Malky Mackay, why he was dismissing him, said that he did not know the reason.
"All football clubs at the elite level have systems in place for corporate governance. Cardiff City is no exception.
"A manager, even in the Premier League, does not go out and "sign" players. All recommendations go to his CEO and board, essentially the chief executive on the board's behalf - deals with all financial arrangements to finalise any signings."
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